Today's post is taking a turn. I mean it is different from the others because the guest is a special person. I know we female folk are accustomed to letting the men make all the money and we spending all of it but this person is just different. I am not in any way saying that women shouldn't be pampered or treated specially ooh before someone breaks my head. All am saying is, this particular person is a beauty with brains in one package and of course with all the Gucci, Chanel, Versace and all the diamonds you can think of. She is someone I would want to literally swap spaces with for a day or two if I could *lol* or even spend time with her to learn how she works herself so elegantly.
My guest today is a wife, philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She doesn't need an introduction because she is the brain behind the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world. The name ring a bell yet? She is Melinda Gates.
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Born as Melinda Ann French on August 15, 1964 in Dallas, Texas, United States. She is the second of four children born to Raymond Joseph French Jr., an engineer, and Elaine Agnes Amerland, a homemaker. As a Roman Catholic, Melinda attended St. Monica Catholic School, where she was the top student in her class year. She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982. Melinda Gates earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1987. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Beta Rho Chapter, at Duke University.
Melinda joined Microsoft and participated as a project manager in the development of many of Microsoft’s multimedia products including Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia. In 1994, she married Bill Gates in a private ceremony held in Lanai, Hawaii. Shortly thereafter, she left Microsoft to focus on starting and raising her family. Her last position was Microsoft’s General Manager of Information Products.
Melinda Gates served as a member of Duke University's board of trustees from 1996 to 2003. She attends Bilderberg Group conferences and holds a seat on the board of directors of the Washington Post company. Melinda retired from the board of Drugstore.com in August 2006 to spend more time working for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Under her tutelage, the foundation globally enhances healthcare and reduces extreme poverty among the other mission statements the foundation is known for in America.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation runs a Global Health Program among other programs which has given and continuously gives significant grants that include over $1.3 billion in The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, 17% of the world budget for the attempted eradication of poliomyelitis (polio) Polio eradication, US$750 million to the GAVI Alliance (formerly the “Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation”), US$27 million to help vaccinate against Japanese encephalitis in the Children's Vaccine Program, taking the front lead in a study to increase access to high education globally and lots of donations to fight worthy health, poverty and education causes. The foundation is offering $100,000 to the scientist who can develop a new and improved condom, one that "significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use
Melinda Gates was ranked #3 in Forbes 2013 list of the 100 Most Powerful Women, #4 in 2012 and #6 in 2011. In May 2006, she was honored for her work to improve the lives of children locally and around the world with the naming of the Melinda French Gates Ambulatory Care building, at Seattle Children's (then called Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center). She also chaired The Campaign for Children’s, a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to expand facilities, fund under-compensated and uncompensated care and grow the hospital’s research program to find cures and treatments.
She and her husband, Microsoft founder Bill Gates received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards. They were named by Time as Persons of the Year alongside Bono in 2005. They received the Spanish Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation in 2006 in recognition of their world impact through charitable giving. That same year, they were awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle for their philanthropic work around the world in the areas of health and education, particularly in Mexico, and specifically in the program "Un país de lectores".
Melinda has received honorary degrees from the University of Cambridge alongside her husband for their their benefaction of $210 million in 2000 via the Gates Cambridge Trust, which funds postgraduate scholars from outside the UK to study at the University. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Duke University as a tribute for her philanthropic commitment. As an individual, she has also donated over $10 million to her high school Ursuline Academy of Dallas and is one of the major donors of their Facing the Future Campaign.
Melinda and Bill Gates have been married for close to 19 years and have three daughters.
I hope you enjoyed today's post. So ladies, it isn't always about you rocking the most expensive things. You have to tag them along with brains. Do have a wonderful weekend, ciao!